Qualcomm Is Unable To Supply Enough LTE Chips Due To High Demand
Many of the smartphone enthusiasts want to get their hands on a LTE device, and the companies that manufacture the chipsets that support 4G LTE connectivity are working hard to fulfill the demand.
Samsung, LG and HTC have expressed their concerns over the low supplies and the delays that occur due to the high demand. Statistics have shown that over 70 million smartphone units with LTE support will be shipped in 2012.
The most famous carriers that have LTE / 4G infrastructure are Verizon Wireless and AT&T in USA, SK Telecom and KT in South Korea, NTT Docomo in Japan.
Most of the phone manufacturers have developed LTE smartphones, like Nokia’s Lumia 900, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One S and HTC One XL, Motorola Atrix 4G and many other such devices. The OMEs are producing 4G LTE variants of their smartphones, depending on the markets they are sold in, each supporting the LTE standards of the carriers.
The most popular solutions for the LTE devices are Qualcomm’s chipsets and the US-based company is struggling to fulfill the high demand. The most popular chipset is the Snapdragon S4, based on a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU created on 28nm architecture.
Asus Padfone’s debut, the smartphone – tablet hybrid that was awarded the most innovative device at Mobile World Congress 2012 event in Barcelona, was delayed so many times so far and the Taiwanese company, as Qualcomm was unable to deliver all the Snapdragon S4 chipsets Asus need for their device.
Samsung is world’s biggest 4G LTE smartphone vendor. Reports showed hat the South Korean company had a controlled 53% of the LTE smartphone market in Q1 2012, followed by Motorola with LG with 13%.
The European release date of Nokia Lumia 900, also powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset, was also postponed because of the high demand on the US market, and Qualcomm’s incapability to supply the Finnish phone maker with enough chipsets.